April 13, 2004

#154: Ivory Tower empty...

P. Krugman

After a column full of anti-Bush, anti-war rantings Paul Krugman in Snares and Delusions (04/13/04) finally gets to a "better solution" in this last paragraph.

"The best we can realistically hope for now is to turn power over to relatively moderate Iraqis with a real base of popular support. Yes, that mainly means Islamic clerics. The architects of the war will complain bitterly, and claim that we could have achieved far more. But they've been wrong about everything so far - and if we keep following their advice, Iraq really will turn into another Vietnam."

"Turn power over" and "relatively moderate" are so broad as to include everything from handing Sistani the keys to developing a pluralistic democracy operating under an Islamic umbrella. The devil, as usual, is in the details. Krugman's posturing profundity was never made clearer than in this absurd column. His ivory tower is as empty as his suit.

[The Truth Squad is a group of economists who have long marveled at the writings of Paul Krugman. The Squad Reports are synopses of their discussions. ]

Posted by John Weidner at April 13, 2004 7:23 AM
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